Ken Lake served seven years in the Royal Marine Commandos, including serving four tours in the Northern Ireland conflict. Sniper trained, he was accredited with being the youngest section commander in Northern Ireland during the early 70s when Belfast went through its darkest hours. Ken says that his experiences in Belfast changed his outlook on life.
Recently on a peace pilgrimage back to Belfast after 31 years, he was welcomed by ex IRA and UVF activists in a unique bridge building exercise between protagonists of the conflict that cost so many lives. It was the first known dialogue between Ex British Forces and the IRA. The dialogue took place in Andersonstown, the Falls road and the New lodge districts showing that peace can be at long last a reality.
Some of his accounts can be read on Britain’s small wars website – www.britains-smallwarscom/ni/ken4.html
A military and freefall parachutist and sniper trained and with a career that included a being a ffull-timeamateur boxer for the Royal Navy boxing team as well as a Ski instructor. Ken is a fitness consultant and sports director of the Marsa sports club. He was chief coach for the TV games ‘Its a knock out for the Maltese teams.
He has worked as a fitness coach for soccer, rugby, tennis, swimming, Water polo, boxing teams and rowing squads
He has also worked as a bodyguard and spent some years on the oilrigs. He lives in Malta with his family, where he operates a fitness studio.
A Pawn for the Queen is his first novel and was nominated for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary award 2003
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